The role of the Guidance Counsellor is to facilitate a range of learning experiences for students which are provided in a developmental sequence. This helps students to develop self management skills which they can use to make effective choices and decisions about their lives.

It encompasses three separate but interlinked areas of:

Educational Counselling

Benefits of education, educational opportunities

Support in identifying and exploring life-long learning options.

Advice on subject choice & levels, study skills, exam techniques, time management.

Psychometric testing to look at aptitudes, interests  and abilities.

Career Counselling

Help students to plan for the future by enabling them to access careers information and identify their interests and abilities.

Advise on suitable employment, training, college courses.

Assist in decision making and planning skills.

Assist in developing job search skills, CV, cover letter, interview preparation.

Assist and advise; we do not make career decisions for you !!

Personal Counselling

Development in areas such as Developing ‘Self-Concept’, self-esteem, personal responsibility, social skills, influences on ‘me’, personal strengths.

Support in awareness of decision-making strategies.

Communicating and interacting in a positive and effective manner.

Managing conflict in a constructive way.

Developing a healthy outlook on life, engage in extra-curricular activities, health & leisure activities

Counselling is offered on an individual or group basis as part of a developmental learning process.

Provide help for students experiencing difficulties in their lives.

Individual counselling in a caring and confidential environment.

Help student so they can make decisions, solve problems, address behavioural issues, develop coping skills and resolve difficulties they may have or help students seek further help.

Guidance at Our Lady’s Bower involves having collaborative relationships  between  the Guidance Department, subject teachers, management, all staff and parents.

Guidance begins the moment students enter first year and continues until the student completes school.

The Guidance & Counselling service is delivered through classes, group consultations and individual appointments.  Cross-curricular links exist between, SPHE, RE, CSPE, PE and all programmes. The Guidance Counsellors are  also available by appointment to discuss any aspect of career, educational or personal development. Parents  are also welcome to contact the Guidance department.

Students, who are experiencing a personal crisis, can visit the Guidance Counsellor where they are empowered to make decisions, solve problems, develop coping strategies, change behaviours and resolve issues in their lives. We will do our best to listen to you and work with you to find the best ways to understand and resolve your problem.

Useful websites

Mental Health – AWARE: www.aware.ie

Mental Health – The Samaritians: www.samaritans.org 

Youth Mental Health – Spinout: www.spunout.ie 

Youth Mental Health Ireland: www.youthmentalhealthireland.ie